Picking the right display for your PC gaming setup is one of those choices that brings up several questions that need to be answered or at least considered – before making the plunge. From what sort of hardware you’ve got, how much physical desk space you’ve got to work with, what sort of games you play, and of course the big one - your overall budget.
From there, making the right choice can often seem like a gamble, especially when trying to ensure things like colour balance, contrast, and response times are seamless and best-in-class. But there are brands and names out there where these sort of quality questions begin to fade. ASUS
being one of those.
At PAX Australia
this year, ASUS was on hand to showcase its line-up of impressive Republic of Gamers
and TUF Gaming
displays. We spent a bit of time checking them out and to say that we walked away impressed with what we saw would be an understatement – with ASUS having a display to suit almost any gaming need. And even a couple to suit your dreams.
The QHD Sweet Spot - ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Gaming Monitor (Link)
When price, image quality, and performance all factor into the decision making then running through the specs of the ROG Swift PG279Q
is like ticking off an important checklist. The now standard 27-inch size, the QHD resolution of 2560x1440 pixels (or 1440p), 100%(sRGB) and an IPS panel for vibrant colour and exceptional clarity, a low 4ms response time, and a 165Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC
powered variable refresh rate. G-Sync and FreeSync are a must when looking at potential gaming display, and the ROG Swift PG279Q features one of the most impressive implementations of the technology to date taking full advantage of NVIDIA’s 20-series of RTX graphics cards. Although we’re not sold on the whole gaming monitors having visible crosshairs as a display option, one of the new features of ASUS GamePlus
we can whole-heartedly get behind is the ability to display a handy FPS (frames per second) counter.
The Competitive Edge – ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q Gaming Monitor (Link)
Approaching a new display from the mindset of esports and competitive gaming, things that more casual players look for like resolution and HDR take a backseat to refresh rates and response times. In fact, in the world of competitive gaming those two things are the be all and end all. The ROG Strix XG258Q
covers both in style with a fast 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and full G-Sync compatible Adaptive FreeSync for that seamless competitive edge. To complement this the Full HD (1080p) display includes the latest ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur technology, which impressed in that from what we could see the image quality did not suffer at all from fast movement. Although a sizable market, a display like this still feels somewhat niche – and for those that exclusively play titles like Rainbow Six Siege
, CS: Go
, or League of Legends
at well over 144 frames-per-second.
Curved HDR FreeSync - TUF Gaming VG32VQ Curved HDR Gaming Monitor (Link)
Although not part of the almost-prestige ASUS Republic of Gamers range, the new TUF Gaming VG32VQ
gaming display is anything but a lesser bit of tech. In fact, from what we could tell from looking at the latest TUF Gaming line-up at PAX Australia 2019 was that the TUF design does away with things like RGB-lighting in favour of more subtle and rugged design. In terms of features the TUF Gaming VG32VQ is a showcase for those looking for an immersive experience. A large 32-inch QHD (1440p) display with a bezel-free look, an 1800R curve, a fast 144Hz FreeSync refresh rate, and an impressive 1ms response time comparable to most competitive-focused offerings. And to cap it all off, HDR support with a brightness rating of 400 nits and support for the industry standard HDR10. No doubt the TUF Gaming VG32VQ is an impressive offering and features all the advanced in-display settings and enhancements seen across the entire ASUS ROG range.
Ultra-Wide Perfection - ROG Swift PG35VQ (Link)
Now we’re getting into premium territory, with what is easily one of the best gaming displays currently available the ROG Swift PG35VQ
Ultra-Wide HDR Gaming Monitor. When it comes to high-end gaming or next-gen-like visuals the discussion often steers into the realm of 4K HDR. Where PC gaming has had an immersive edge in recent years has been with the rise of the ultrawide – displays that are in a sense like two monitors stuck together to create a truly cinematic 21:9 presentation. Even among ultrawide displays the ROG Swift PG35VQ is something of a monster. A large 35” 21:9 (3440 x 1440 pixel) display with 512 local dimming zones for great contrast and an insane 1000 nits peak brightness leading to a an ultrawide with DisplayHDR 1000 certification. The added DCI-P3 90% color gamut offers a stunning image, and the 200Hz 2ms, G-SYNC Ultimate refresh rate and response time make this, again, one of the best gaming displays currently available.
Big Screen Gaming - ROG Swift PG65UQ Big Format Gaming Display (Link)
Last and certainly not least we got the chance to check out the flagship ASUS Big Format Gaming Display
– the ROG Swift PG65UQ
. Which falls into the “if money were no object” category, as it blends the best of console-based couch gaming with that of pure high-end Republic of Gamers desktop performance. Like the ultrawide mentioned above we’re talking 144Hz G-SYNC Ultimate and a peak brightness of 1000 nits for high-quality HDR wrapped up in a large 65” 4K display with Quantum Dot zone lighting - ala Samsung
's high-end TV range. Which all adds up to something that, yeah, doubles as a premium TV. The gaming side though comes into full force with the improved refresh rate and low response time – two things absent in most 4K TVs. On that front ASUS has also included VRR support for Xbox One
– which makes this a brilliant all-in-one dream display.
This article is sponsored by ASUS.